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Kevin Barry Wins the 2013 Impac Award

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We’re delighted to bring you the news that Irish author Kevin Barry has won the 2013 IMPAC Award, announced in Dublin on Thursday night.

Kevin’s City of Bohane was on a shortlist of ten novels competing for what is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. Kevin Barry told Writing.ie “The shortlist had writers on it that I’d read and had huge fun with for years, like Murakami and Houellebecq, so to win the award in company like that was really fantastic, and felt kind of weird. The book has been out for two years now and had been motoring along quite nicely anyway – it’s shown signs that it has legs. But the award gives it a really brilliant push now on top of that. I suppose what I was most proud of on the night itself was the fact that I can still pour myself into the debs suit. I went to nine debs as a young fella in Limerick. Which I realize is an almost slutty number.”

Delcan Meade, publisher at The Stingng Fly who first published Barry said,”we’re delighted with the announcement in Dublin tonight that Kevin Barry has been awarded the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Kevin first came to our attention when he was shortlisted for the 2004 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award—we then went on to publish several of his stories in the magazine during 2005 and 2006. In March of 2007, The Stinging Fly Press was privileged to publish Kevin’s debut collection of stories, There Are Little Kingdoms, a highly lauded collection that subsequently won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature that year.

That first book continues to sell really well in Ireland (the most recent reprint was in January this year), and Kevin has of course gone on to find legions of loyal readers internationally with his new publishers: Jonathan Cape/Vintage in the UK and Graywolf in the US. And rightly so.

It is a great pleasure for all involved with The Stinging Fly to see how well Kevin has done. Long may he write!”

Nuala Ní Chonchúir is guest editing the Spring 2014 edition of the Stinging Fly and is accepting submissions now – details here – so if you think you’ve got what it takes to follow in Kevin’s footsteps, now’s the time!

 About City of Bohane

Forty years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin’ that the city really lives.

For years, the city has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say his old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight… And then there’s his mother.

City of Bohane is a visionary novel that blends influences from film and the graphic novel, from Trojan beats and calypso rhythms, from Celtic myth and legend, from fado and the sagas, and from all the great inheritance of Irish literature. A work of mesmerising imagination and vaulting linguistic invention, it is a taste of the glorious and new.

Kevin Barry City of Bohane

Praise for There Are Little Kingdoms

‘Could easily have been titled These Are Little Masterpieces. Barry gathers all the bewildered exasperation that Irish playwrights from Tom Murphy to Marina Carr and Enda Walsh have identified, and brings it, most brilliantly, to his dark, blackly hilarious and horrifically realistic narratives.”

Eileen Battersby, 2007 Books of the Year, The Irish Times

“Kevin Barry has produced a collection of vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories, and a number of the tales contained in There Are Little Kingdoms deserve to be read and reread, and to outlast the strange years that made them.”

Philip Ó Ceallaigh, The Irish Times  

“Kevin Barry is among the brightest and most delightful new voices in Irish fiction.”